'HAPPINESS AND EMPLOYMENT FOR EVERYONE.'
In the realm of personal well-being, happiness is a fundamental aspiration for people across the globe, including in the context of India. While there are several factors that contribute to an individual's happiness, employment plays a crucial role in shaping one's overall satisfaction with life. The connection between happiness and employment in the Indian context, highlights key aspects that can foster a fulfilling work-life balance and contribute to a happier society.
1. The Significance of Employment:
Employment is not only a source of financial security but also provides a sense of purpose, achievement, and personal growth. In the Indian context, where societal expectations and family obligations often play a significant role, finding meaningful work becomes paramount in the pursuit of happiness. Employment empowers individuals, enabling them to contribute to society, build social connections, and develop a sense of identity and belonging.
2. Balancing Work and Life:
Achieving a harmonious work-life balance is essential for overall happiness. In India, where long working hours are prevalent in certain sectors, striking this balance becomes even more challenging. Employers and policymakers must promote flexible working arrangements, including remote work options, compressed workweeks, and family-friendly policies, to allow individuals to fulfil their professional responsibilities while nurturing personal relationships, pursuing hobbies, and taking care of their well-being.
3. Aligning Personal Values and Professional Choices:
A significant factor in individual happiness is the alignment of personal values with professional choices. When one's work aligns with their beliefs, interests, and passions, it fosters a sense of fulfilment and purpose. Encouraging a diverse range of career opportunities and promoting entrepreneurship can help individuals find paths that resonate with their personal values, ultimately contributing to their happiness and satisfaction.
4. Skill Development and Continuous Learning:
In today's dynamic job market, acquiring new skills and embracing lifelong learning is essential for career growth and happiness. Employers should invest in training and development programs to enhance their employees' skills, fostering a culture of continuous learning. Additionally, the government and educational institutions should collaborate to offer accessible and affordable skill development initiatives, ensuring individuals have the opportunity to upskill or reskill throughout their careers.
5. Supportive Work Environment:
A positive and supportive work environment plays a crucial role in fostering happiness among employees. Promoting diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunities helps create a workplace where individuals feel valued and respected. Encouraging open communication, providing mental health support, and recognizing and rewarding employee achievements contribute to a positive work environment that enhances overall job satisfaction and happiness.
6. Financial Stability and Job Security:
Financial stability is a fundamental aspect of happiness, particularly in a country like India with diverse socioeconomic conditions. Promoting fair wages, ensuring job security, and fostering economic growth are crucial for enhancing the happiness quotient of employees. Creating an environment where individuals feel secure in their employment allows them to focus on personal growth, well-being, and overall happiness.
To help the society and especially the under privileged we volunteered under the Lakshya NGO. Lakshya Noida Foundation is a city chapter of Lakshya Shamiabagh foundation, which comprises a team of young minds who having common spirit, belief, hope, determination and an aim to help the people of India specially the vulnerable sect at large to get acquainted with employment skills which would help them freeing themselves from the shackles of unemployment, as they have a dream of fully employed India. Their goal as the volunteers of Lakshya Noida Foundation is to create responsible individuals and communities who are well informed and self-sufficient. The vision is to work with people in order to solve their problems thereby bringing a significant change in the society in the long run. They believe in perseverance and not succumbing to any obstacle.
We volunteered in this organization for 6 weeks (about 1 and a half months) and carried out 3 campaigns.
This volunteering with Lakshya has been an eye-opening maiden journey for us as it has led to increase in the horizon of our knowledge about the society and individuals with whom, we engage in our own individual capacity and capabilities. While we stumble upon people with different backgrounds while performing our daily tasks, we never get to see what life they are leading, what hardships they are facing, their mental wellbeing, their outlook on their life and other things. This course of Universal human values enables students to feel sympathetic and empathetic towards the people who are continuing their lives with despite facing grave difficulties in their lives like abandoned parents, orphans and children which doesn’t have as much resource as we have. The motive of this course, to feel empathy and sympathy for the other humans while carrying out our daily lives and learn from what their stories can teach us like holding onto hope, perseverance, and making yourself better every day despite difficulties, we think our enrolment in this course was fruitful and has enabled us to better ourselves while learning what difficulties lies in our peripheries which we were not aware of.
When we visited the village in sector 126 Raipur, we saw an amalgamation of reaction from the people who were living there some were reluctant to talk to us and some explained why they would not use the 4 R’s (reuse, recycle, reduce and refuse), while some eagerly listened to what we had to say and some said that nothing will happen.
We also visited Saksham Kids NGO with the motive to help children/students develop soft skills for fluent verbal communication in English, confidence building, and removal of language as a barrier in securing employment and other career opportunities. The Saksham Kids NGO is in Nithari Village, Sector 31, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201303. This NGO provides education facilities to the children of various age groups residing in this village/slum